Daniel Lewis Lee was supposed to be put to death on Monday afternoon.
That execution was halted after an Obama-appointed judge blocked the execution.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, removed the stay and ordered his execution could “proceed as planned.”
Lee was an alleged member of a white supremacist group.
When you look up the term despicable in the dictionary, his is the picture next to the word.
In an effort to fund his organization, he robbed the Mueller family.
As he carried out the robbery, he also proceeded to use a stun gun to immobilize William Muller, his wife, Nancy, and their 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.
Lee then covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed them, and threw their bodies into a bayou.
There is no doubt the crimes of Lee deserved the death penalty, but this was far from the average case.
The usual anti-death penalty groups came to the defense of Lee, but he also had another surprising advocate.
With Lee’s execution being scheduled during the pandemic, Mueller’s family was also asking for his sentence to be commuted to a life sentence in prison.
The family claimed that due to the pandemic, they would be at risk having to travel to the execution, so they would not be able to attend in person.
Lee’s execution breaks the unofficial moratorium in federal executions that has been in place for almost two decades.
Last month, Attorney General William Barr scheduled the execution of four prisoners to lift the moratorium.
Barr stated, “The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death.”
The other three scheduled executions are for Wesley Ira Purkey, Keith Dwayne Nelson, and Dustin Lee Honken.
Purkey raped and murdered a 16-year-old as well as killing an 80-year-old woman with a claw hammer.
Nelson kidnapped a 10-year-old girl, then raped and strangled her to death.
Honken shot and killed five people, including two young girls.
Honken will be executed on Friday, with Nelson’s execution scheduled to take place in August. Purkey’s execution date is still up in the air as the case is currently tied up in a legal battle.
Source: Fox News